The relationship between Russia and President Trump has been under scrutiny for the last year. The Trump campaign has been questioned several times on certain meetings that have raised questions. Now, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson led an interview in which he released information stating Trump wasn’t the only one meeting with the Russian ambassador.
The interview revealed the not so shocking news that someone connected to Hillary met with the ambassador as well. The Hill reported that the Russian ambassador met “with people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.”
While it’s appropriate for transition officials to interact with foreign officials, the Trump – Russian ties are interfering in the F.B.I. investigations over Russia allegedly interfering with the U.S. elections.
Press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, spoke with CNN’s host Fareed Zakaria on the issue:
“Well, if you look at some people connected with Hillary Clinton during her campaign, you would probably see that he [sic] had lots of meetings of that kind. There are lots of specialists in politology, people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.”
One theory is that this statement is referring to John Podesta. Podesta had many Russian contacts and headed up a think tank which was also given money by Russia.
Peskov also mentioned in his interview how the Kremlin preferred Trump over Clinton as President:
“You would probably recall that President Putin, during the election campaign, had never answered directly a question about his candidate of his support. He kept saying that we will respect a choice of American people… “If you ask him whether he had mentioned the then-candidate Donald Trump. I will answer, yes, he had.”
Peskov then addressed Putin’s choice in another light:
“The candidate Hillary Clinton was quite negative about our country in her attitude and in her program, declaring Russia being nearly the main evil in the world and the main threat for the United States.”
“And to the contrary, the other candidate, Donald Trump, was saying that, ‘Yes, we disagree with the Russians … in lots of issues, but we have to talk to them in order to try to find some understanding.’ Whom would you like better? The one who says that Russia is evil or the one who says that, ‘Yes, we disagree, but let’s talk to understand and to try to find some points of agreement?’”
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Credit: The Hill